About Vectis

We are a small, independently-run housing association operating exclusively on the Isle of Wight.

Registered as an exempt charity under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014, we are also registered with the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

In addition, we are also members of the Independent Housing Ombudsman Service, the National Housing Federation and SHAPE (Smaller Housing Associations Pursuing Excellence)grouping.

Our Background

Vectis was formed in 1974 by forward thinking members of the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce, essentially to provide affordable rented homes for low-paid key workers on the Island, the cost which would be financed by grants and loans from the Housing Corporation.

In the event the Association focused more particularly on the wider objective of accommodating those in the greatest housing need. Some 120 homes were developed over the next twenty-five years.

In 2001 a merger with East Cowes Housing Association created an opportunity to expand the Association’s development capacity and with it the resources to improve standards across a range of services.

Combined with our successful leasing scheme in the private rented sector, there has been steady growth, with an average development of ten new homes a year, throughout the Association’s forty years, making it the leading locally-based independent provider of quality affordable housing on the Isle of Wight.